The Open Banking Challenge Series: Navigating the Cost Considerations of Open Banking Payments

In this piece, we embark on an exploration of the intricate dynamics surrounding cost considerations, unveiling potential avenues to surmount this challenge and harness the true potential of Open Banking Payments.

Navigating the Cost Considerations of Open Banking Payments

As we draw closer to comprehending the nuanced challenges impeding the widespread adoption of Open Banking Payments, our spotlight now falls on the compelling factor of cost considerations. 

The expenses entailed in executing Open Banking Payments may not wield the magnetism required to entice substantial merchants to shift from their existing payment modalities. This concern becomes particularly pronounced when juxtaposed against the cost-efficiency that characterises traditional card transactions. 

In this final piece, we embark on an exploration of the intricate dynamics surrounding cost considerations, unveiling potential avenues to surmount this challenge and harness the true potential of Open Banking Payments.

The Cost Conundrum

In the tapestry of payment solutions, cost considerations weave a narrative of strategic decision-making. For large merchants, the prospect of migrating to Open Banking Payments becomes an exercise in balancing the allure of innovation, and reduction in fees with the pragmatism of cost-effectiveness. 

The transaction costs associated with Open Banking Payments, in their current form, may fall short of presenting an enticing proposition, particularly when weighed against the well-established economy of traditional card transactions.

To make it very simple, if a large merchant only pays low single-figure Pence for their UK Debit Card transactions why would they introduce Open Banking payments if they are not significantly cheaper than low single Pence?

A Solution-Centric Approach

Amidst the challenge lies a beacon of opportunity – a solution that beckons large merchants to reevaluate their payment landscape. Enter obconnect, a gateway that promises to revolutionise the paradigm. If you are a substantial merchant, obconnect offers Open Banking Payment services (Open Banking PISP) that come at a fraction of your existing cost. 

Elevating the Dialogue

The proposition posed by obconnect invites us to engage in a thought-provoking discourse. It calls upon stakeholders across the Open Banking ecosystem to reevaluate their perceptions and assumptions. Open Banking was conceived as a catalyst for transformation, a force to challenge the conventions of the financial landscape. 

The cost considerations that once stood as a formidable barrier can now be confronted head-on, armed with the realisation that there exists a pathway towards more economical Open Banking Payment solutions.

Charting the Path Forward

In championing the cause of cost-efficient Open Banking Payments, collaboration and innovation emerge as our guiding stars. The industry at large must recognise that payments must be competitive in Open Banking. 


The landscape of Open Banking Payments, like any transformative endeavour, is imbued with challenges and opportunities that shape its trajectory. The resonance of cost considerations cannot be underestimated, and yet, within this challenge lies a transformative solution:

obconnect. A cost-effective gateway, ushering in a new era of possibilities. 

It beckons us to reassess our preconceived notions, embrace innovation, and collectively engage in a dialogue that propels Open Banking Payments toward their true potential. 

Throughout this series, we have explored the multifaceted facets that contribute to the hesitation of merchants in embracing Open Banking Payments. From guaranteed payment confirmations to streamlined refund processes, from addressing the performance gap to redefining cost considerations, each challenge has been dissected, examined and explored, with potential solutions presented.

In every challenge, we have found seeds of opportunity. My intention has been to foster a collaborative dialogue that empowers stakeholders across the spectrum – from banks to merchants, technology providers to regulators – to collectively shape the future of Open Banking Payments. The potential for innovation within this landscape is boundless, and the solutions we have proposed are stepping stones towards realising that potential.

As you reflect on the insights shared, I encourage you to carry forward these conversations. Engage, question, and challenge the status quo. By harnessing the power of collective wisdom and collaboration, we can bridge gaps, surmount obstacles, and unlock the full promise of Open Banking Payments.

I look forward to continued dialogue, exploration, and the shared pursuit of a more seamless, efficient, and transformative payment ecosystem.

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